Copyright © 1996-2017 by Don Braden
The lastest CD from Joris Teepe/Don Braden (aka The Trio of Liberty):
Creative, grooving performances of jazz classics and originals, featuring uniquely interactive improvisation.

Conversations CD Info
Featuring Joris on bass, and Don on tenor sax and flute
Gene Jackson on drums
Matt Wilson on drums

Track Listing (Click the track name (if linked) to listen)

1.   Humpty Dumpty (Chick Corea)  5:42
2.   Three Card Molly (Elvin Jones)  7:44
3.   Goodbye Porkpie Hat (Charles Mingus)  5:59
4.   Eddieish (Don Braden)  6:38
5.   This is New {Ira Gershwin and Kurt Weill}  5:52
6.   Footprints (Wayne Shorter)  7:28
7.   Stolen Time (Matt Wilson)  4:41
8.   It’s You or No One (Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn)  5:08
9.   Our Love is Here to Stay (George Gershwin)  6:21
10. We Take No Prisoners (Joris Teepe)  5:13

About the CD:

Conversations is a celebration of nearly 25 years of collaboration with Joris Teepe and Don Braden. They met in 1992 at a session in New York, and quickly recognized the compatibility of their personalities and attitudes, as well as their musical tastes and goals.

The music in Conversations truly highlights the interactive aspects of how Teepe and Braden play jazz. Framed by rich and varied tunes, strong and supple grooves, and emotional expression, the improvisations are really a manifestation of exuberant adventure for them. They create, exchange, explore and develop all kinds of ideas – melodically, harmonically, rhythmically, dynamically and more, and they really have fun while doing so. The fact that there are just two or three of them on a given tune allows that much more opportunity for clarity of communication. You’ll hear it!

Check out the full liner note text here.

Below is some of the early press response to Conversations:

“ in dynamic interplay, spit-fire bop locutions and endless groove.”
Brian Zimmerman ( -- 4 stars)

"Teepe and Braden each have a deep understanding of the tradition, evident in their interplay, choice of repertoire, and technical showmanship... [they] bring new meaning to the idea of "talking a good game" with this album. It's a wonderful treat to be a fly on the wall during their conversations."
Dan Bilawsky ( -- 4 stars)

"Clearly sailing on the same waters, bassist Joris Teepe and saxophonist Don Braden ... converse with prodigious fluency and articulated precision."
Filipe Freitas (

"Fans of Don Braden will not want to miss this outstanding record. Bassists will be knocked backwards by Joris Teepe’s cogitations.  Even more, those who have a fondness for the saxophone trio will instantly recognize that this is a hard-won achievement of master musicians."
Fritz Balwit, Audiophile Audition

"It takes sustained creativity and ingenuity to keep things interesting and musically provocative in a group absent of a chordal instrument, but these guys handily achieve those goals by way of high-octane playing and deft arrangements."
Jazz Lands - Exploring Groove Music

CD Available at fine online retailers:
Don Braden's saxophones and flute provided by R.S. Berkeley Musical Instruments
Don's saxophone mouthpieces provided by
Jody Jazz Mouthpieces
See the EPK for Trio of Liberty
with Bio, Photos, Gigs and more!